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Right On Time

by Paul Ponnudorai

Highly recommended to guitar enthusiasts and lovers of soulful music, Paul Ponnudorai's exceptional debut album features fingerstyle guitar in the style of Chet Atkins and Tommy Emmanuel, but taken to a whole new level...
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Joshua Fought the Battle of Jericho
3:38 $0.99
2. Delta Dawn
4:18 $0.99
3. Misty
4:48 $0.99
4. Detroit City
3:37 $0.99
5. Henry Koh's Lullaby
2:04 $0.99
6. Theme From the Godfather
3:42 $0.99
7. Kansas City Blues
2:41 $0.99
8. Rhythm of the Rain
3:58 $0.99
9. Can't Buy Me Love
4:15 $0.99
10. Love Potion Number Nine
3:33 $0.99
11. Killing Me Softly
5:48 $0.99
12. One Room Country Shack
2:19 $0.99
13. House of the Rising Sun
6:04 $0.99
14. Five Hundred Miles
4:42 $0.99
15. Sitting On Top of the World
5:01 $0.99
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Album Notes
A virtuoso guitarist and a superb, inspired singer, Paul Ponnudorai defies musical boundaries with disarming easiness. He is one of a handful of musicians around the world who rather than just playing music, can afford to play with music. In fact, this album is an exceptional document of his ability and audacity in first dismantling, and then restructuring and reshaping songs, to make them sound unlike anything you have heard before. Right On Time is highly recommended not only to guitar enthusiasts and audiophiles, but to anyone who has a taste for soulful music, for funky grooves, and for beautiful, timeless songs.

Paul Ponnudorai's uniqueness in approaching music is embedded in his geographical roots. Being Malaysian by birth, being of Indian heritage, and being trilingual, Paul represents both as a person and a musician the point of conjunction between East and West. He is a man of rare intelligence, wisdom, and broad knowledge, with a cross-cultural view of the world. Without a doubt these qualities surface in his music, whose origins can equally be traced to Southern India, London and Nashville. It is refreshing to notice how many seemingly unrelated influences can go into Paul's playing and singing, always in the most spontaneous and sincere way.
Sincerity is nonetheless the main trait of Paul Ponnudorai's life and music. His big heart and warm soul come clearly to light in his music, which displays the whole range of human emotions, being at times sad and low, at other times permeated by an irresistible sense of humor. A sense of humor that, incidentally, is a special gift given only to those artists who are too good to bother with taking themselves too seriously.
Whether he plays acoustic or electric guitar, solo or with a band, on a stage or in the studio, Paul Ponnudorai is instinctively at ease in every situation. Although this recording presents only one of his many facets, the solo dimension, it is indeed a detailed photography of his extraordinary stature as a musician. Just consider that all of these tracks were recorded at the first take, with no guitar or vocal overdubs of any kind, except for the guitar solo on "Henry Koh's Lullaby". Everything you hear-bass lines, chord progressions, solos, vocals-comes out of Paul all at the same time, with no tricks. Nothing is artificial here, on this recording Paul plays and sings exactly like he does every night at his gigs. The only concession to technology is a midi processor that he uses in order to obtain his trademark bass sound out of the two lower strings of the guitar. In two short afternoons in the studio Paul recorded so many tunes, that the most difficult part of making this record has been the choice over what songs not to include!
Try also to pay close attention to the variety of the musical influences that go into Paul's style. You can hear reminiscences of Jerry Reed, Tito Puente, B.B.King, João Gilberto, George Benson, Tower of Power and many more in his guitar licks, in his powerful slapping bass lines, and in his percussive effects. Yet everything is blended into a convincing and distinctive style, which is signature Paul Ponnudorai. It is common procedure for Paul to steer the traditional gospel Jericho and the popular Rising Sun into funk territories, making them almost unrecognizable, or to give Misty a bossa-nova-meets-Cuba treatment. The Godfather is turned into a sort of a tribute to Chet Atkins, and Delta Dawn here sounds like it was written by Stevie Wonder. Paul's love for jazz, country, rock, blues, pop, reggae, and for beautiful ballads, is obvious all through this record. So are his talent and his unique voice as a musician.



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Right On Time
I was gobsmacked listening to this CD. An amazing guitarist and very good singer. His arrangements for the songs are like a breath of fresh spring air, leaving you gasping for more. I hope he makes more CDs. Now I really must go and listen to him live at Harry's, which is a local bar for me!!

Richard E

Completely Unique!
What a stunning surprise to hear his talent on LickByNeck. It took me more than a few moments to figure out the instrument voicing. It is brilliant. I will look forward to receiving Right On Time. I know, already, I'd buy the next CD, which might be whatever wasn't included on this CD. I am eager to hear more.

Tom Witzel

Paul has a great voice and a wonderful play. Songs are unbelievible nice...

George Cain

I was fortunate to get to know Paul and his equally talented brother Sam when I was in KL for several years. This CD was in progress for some time, but it is definitely worth the wait. Paul's unique approach to the songs combined with his unbelievable technique makes for the best CD I have in my collection. Well done Paul!

Frank Klaassen from Sydney

First time I have heard an artist jump from one style to another in midstream.Br
I read an article in Time Magazine and highly value their reviews hence I ordered the C.D. from you and was not disappointed.The great live recording , emotional rythmic and melodic playing with the seamless changes would touch any music lover,s heart.Paul brings out the beauty of a simple melody by reitterating it,s
simplicity.No small feat.No big production, back up singers and orchestras needed here.......just Paul and his guitar.Thank you Time Magazine--I would never have found out otherwise.!!!!!!!!!!Thank you C.D. Baby for sending it so fast to me.Regards--Frank Klaassen.

Salvatore Dali

Genius On Sale
Paul is a bit like Jose Feliciano coupled with Tommy Emmanuel, but with the jazzy dexterity of Earl Klugh. Plus he can sing as well. Listen to Killing Me Softly, an instrumental that haunts you even more without the words. The melody lines taken and the phrasing grab your heart and soul and demands to be listened in totality - you just have to surrender. Listen to his rendition of 500 Miles and you can feel that he has walked the bloody "500 Miles" on his own terms.

Kam Taib

An Old Friend
I have known Paul for a long time and by chance I was at Harry's Bar @ The Esplanade Singapore. After so many years of not seeing him play, that night,as usual, his talent was just oozing out. Great Album. Hope that Paul will not keep his fans waiting too long for another Album.

Chad Wray

Cool sound! loved it. very Clapton'ish.


So Unique
This is not like anything I have heard of before. He chops up songs that everyone knows, some songs that are not very good originally, and makes them so interesting, powerful and unique. His guitar playing is mind boggling, and his voice sounds great, but more importantly is used in a very stylized way that is hard to describe. I can not stop listening to it.


Sad note...
Sadly, music lovers have lost another one to the 'Great Gig In The Sky'. Paul passed away in the early hours of Saturday due 'an organ failure'. His live performances will be truly missed by those who have followed this brilliant guitarist since the days he won a talent competition at at age when the acoustic guitar he played was about as big as he was. R.I.P - Paul Punnudurai....
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